Roberts Liardon explains that control seems to be a problem in every time of transition from an old wave of God’s glory to a new wave such as we are experiencing today. The power of control affects every circle of Christianity. The abuse of control holds people in unnecessary bondage and hinders them from fulﬁlling the purpose of God in their lives.
Some people exert a natural control over others. Individuals can exercise self control from within. But a demonic control can also be exercised by one person over another.
While this book will deal with the abuse of control, we will also examine the positive side of control, which is called commitment. This God given authority is placed on an individual who is committed to fulﬁll the plan of God in the earth and who looks to the Lord, not to people, personal security, or promotion.
Each of us needs to exercise self control in order to keep ourselves free from sin. We exercise this control by applying the Word of God to our lives. The Word is the balance, and we must all use discipline in our daily experiences. But people who exercise abusive control seek to become the deciding factors in the lives of others. Such individuals replace the Word of God as the balance in the lives of those whom they dominate, and they react negatively if they are not the controlling factor in all decisions made.
Roberts Liardon emphasizes that we must realize that what happens in the spiritual realm is reﬂected in the natural realm. A great struggle goes on in the world today for control of people’s minds. This struggle is between the forces of light (Christianity) and the forces of the darkness (satanic powers).